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Introduction school geography and international trends

Lidstone, John (2006) Introduction school geography and international trends. In Lidstone, John & Williams, Michael (Eds.) Geographical education in a changing world : past experience, current trends and future challenges. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 87-92.

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Abstract

The status of geography in school curricula varies across the globe. Geography, as a discrete subject, has, in some countries, established a strong position in both primary and secondary schools while in others it has a weaker position, often a component of integrated and cross-curricular arrangements. Globally, the trend is for geography's status to be challenged. A central theme of this book is the location of geography in school curricula with particular reference to centrality and marginality. A second theme relates to the subject status of geography. A third theme relates to the spirit and purpose of school geography and the traditions that underpin the subject and how these are changing. A fourth theme relates to the way geography is being seen by curriculum planners as contributing to the achievement of governmental aims for society in general. A fifth theme concerns the human and material resources infrastructure. Finally, what of the future?

The underpinning assumption is that experiences gained in one country will be of real interest to educators in another. The book, is part of the work of the Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union. Part 1, written in a global context, focuses on the distinctive traditions of school geography. Part 2 reviews the contemporary state of school geography on a broad continental basis with each chapter including national case studies, written by experts drawn from those countries. The final parts comprises chapters that extrapolate from the present and point to likely future developments in the subject, again with examples drawn from various countries.

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ID Code: 16743
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
Keywords: geographical education, research, curriculum, social education, cutlural change, John Lidstone
ISBN: 9781402048067
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Springer
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2008 12:29
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:38

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